Establish a toy rotation.
Just as humans tend to get bored repeating the same activities over and over, cats need a variety of options to stay interested. If you rotate toys in and out every week or so, cats will think it’s a shiny brand new toy every time! Some favorites include feather toys, which are often attached to a stick or pole; motorized or mice attached to a string; laser pointers and flashlights; and balls with jingling bells.
Look around the house.
Toys don’t need to be store bought; in fact, cats may get the most enjoyment out of things you can find discarded or lying around the house. Empty paper bags, boxes, and toilet paper rolls; crumpled pieces of paper and pieces of string are examples of every day items that could be turned into great fun for your kitty.
Make your cat feel like a predator.
When playing with your cat, you will want to tap into her inner predator challenging her, but also setting her up for success. Feather toys on poles provide a good imitation of a wounded bird, and obviously mice toys on strings will mimic rodent prey. Instead of focusing on an aerobic workout for your cat, focus on providing a nature-like hunting experience. Allow her to stalk prey by keeping the toy close to the ground and moving it in and out of sight. Vary the speed and movement to keep her engaged. Most importantly, always allow her to ultimately capture her prey so that she builds confidence.
When finished with interactive play, put the toys away.
If the toys are only brought out for playtime, they are special for your kitty and also are easier to rotate. However, safety is a very good reason to keep toys out of your cat’s reach when you are not there to supervise playtime. Feathers and string can be a choking hazard.
HOME ALONE FUN